Who knew the Tao was anarchist! I have to say, after studying political systems and how they work for four years in undergrad, I’m not sure Chapter LVII is hitting the mark. I like the idea of letting go, but I think we can all see on the news what happens where there is an absence in leadership.
If you want to be a great leader,
you must learn to follow the Tao.
Stop trying to control.
Let go of fixed plans and concepts,
and the world will govern itself.
The more prohibitions you have,
the less virtuous people will be.
The more weapons you have,
the less secure people will be.
The more subsidies you have,
the less self-reliant people will be.
Therefore the Master says:
I let go of the law,
and people become honest.
I let go of economics,
and people become prosperous.
I let go of religion,
and people become serene.
I let go of all desire for the common good,
and the good becomes common as grass.